Dumping syndrome?

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   Posted 1/5/2012 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy New Year to All!
I am about 4 1/2 months post-op hernia repair and Nissen.  I am doing very well and the time has really gone by quickly.  Of course the first 6-8 weeks I felt I would never be normal again and would never eat normally again.  I'm feeling quite human these days, though I must say, I still  never get hungry and I eat only because it's meal time. 
But, my problem is this.   I had a lot of diarrhea following the surgery, and all that I have read on this site and my surgeon have indicated that it is a normal post-op symptom.  I continue to have diarrhea/loose stool with urgency, abdominal/intestinal cramping, and nausea.  The gastrointestinal rumbling and gurgling is like something out of a science fiction movie!!  I have this just about daily, once to three times in a matter of 1-2 hours, beginning soon after a meal.  Is anyone else experiencing this symptom?  I have been made aware of the possibility of dumping syndrome which seems to fit a lot of my symptoms.   I continue to eat well and am holding my own on weight loss.  I gain when I eat a little, but with the constant diarrhea, I lose it right away!!  Just wondering if anyone else is having this same experience and will it ever go away??

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 1/5/2012 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I still have this a year later. Within 10 minutes of eating or drinking my belly is rumbling so loud someone can hear it from the other side of the room over the tv. I don't have diarrhea but I get intestinal cramps and nausea. I'm really hoping it stops soon. Some days the grumbling is worse than others.

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   Posted 1/5/2012 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Saginaw,
Welcome to the GERD forum!  You're definitely in the right place.  I had my Nissen in February 2009, and yes I did have that LOUD across the room gurgling and dumping issue during my recovery.  When I went back to work, there were times people would offer me something to eat, thinking that that grumbling meant an empty stomach.
It was strange...There were times when it didn't happen, and other times, I'd eat something and he gurgling would start, and I'd know what was going to happen next.
I called it a "potpourri of poo"...quite a variety, depending on how my stomach was behaving.
The longer into my recovery, the fewer episodes I'd have...there were longer stretches when I didn't have the problem, then all of a sudden that gurgling would start up, and watch out!
I can tell you this.  Sometime during the second year I suddenly became aware that I hadn't had a dumping issue for a LONG TIME.  From that point on it hasn't happened again.
So, hang in there...with continued healing it will settle down. It does take time, though.  I know that the gurgling  can be very embarassing, and there's no way to control it...it's just something you'll have to deal with until more healing occurs and your stomach becomes adjusted to its new formation.
I used to think that it happened when I ate something more rough or irritating to my wrap...like raw veggies and salad for instance.  I do think there was a connection.  Who knows...I can just tell you that EVENTUALLY it will go away.
Keep the faith!

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Date Joined Nov 2011
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   Posted 1/5/2012 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I just suggested this in another thread.  You may wish to consider the possiblity of IBS, or at least IBS-like symptoms which are common following the Nissen.  It could be as simple as avoiding non-soluble fiber, and perhaps keeping Citrucel handy when things start getting uncomfortable.  I developed IBS myself four years ago or so, and what you describe are the symptoms.
Even if you don't have IBS, it is thought that the extra gas bubbles through your lower GI have a tendency to cause the same symptoms.  Check out these two sites for more info:
Just a thought...
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